Coming into the series as the odds on favorites, things are looking dicey for the Golden State Warriors who dropped a critical Game 3 in a decisive fashion. Now headed back to TD Garden for Game 4 on Friday, the Warriors will potentially have to look to tie the series at two with a banged-up Steph Curry, who left late in the fourth quarter on Wednesday with a leg injury.
With home-court advantage now firmly in the Celtics’ grasp following their 116-100 win in Game 3, the attention turns to Game 4 as they look to put the pedal down with the momentum once again on their side. Let’s take a closer look at how things might shake out.
Leg #1. Klay Thompson Over 20.5 points
After two lackluster games to start the series shooting well below is 20 points per game mark this postseason, Splash Brother #2 finally got in a rhythm on Wednesday scoring 25 points on 12 of 30 from the field. Evens till, shooting just 5 of 13 from three, Thompson left plenty of shots on the table which I like for him to find tonight in a must-win spot for the Warriors.
Especially with an ailing Steph Curry, look for the offensive game plan tonight to largely be centered around one of the best natural shooters of all time in Thompson.
Leg #2. Jordan Poole Over 9.5 points
Since exploding onto the national scene following a torrid start to this postseason, we’ve seen incumbent Splash Brother #3 cool off some, despite still averaging 17.4 points per game in his first-ever postseason.
We saw flashes of what he can do in these finals in Game 2, scoring 17 points and shooting 43% from the field, and need that same level of aggression tonight from him if the Warriors want to stay in this postseason. Scoring 29 points in his only regular-season game played against this Celtics team, I like for Poole to find his shot early and press as it’s one of the only clear paths to a Warriors victory remaining.
Leg #3. Jaylen Brown 25+ points
While the Kobe-channeling Jayson Tatum has gotten all of the headlines once again this postseason, Brown has quietly been putting together an NBA Finals MVP-like series up to this point. Most recently in Game 3, Brown led all Celtic scorers with 27 points, adding nine rebounds to trail only big man Robert Williams III who had a career night himself.
Very much smelling blood in the water, I like Brown, who is averaging 23.6 points per game this season, to have another monster tonight as the Warriors have yet to provide any one with the athleticism to match him defensively.
Total Odds: +400 at DK Sportsbook
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